NEW YORK (CBNewYork) — Now that Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican, many Catholics are conflicted over what they want from the next pope.
A special Mass was held when the pope officially stepped down at 2 p.m. local time. Bells tolled and will not ring again until a new pope has been elected.READ MORE: Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
The faithful gathered for the special Mass, where they offered prayers for the former and future pope.
“This hasn’t happened in 600 years so it’s a big step in the movement of Catholicism forward,” a parishioner from Bridgewater, N.J. told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa.